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Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

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An inspiring collection of essays, in which Albert Einstein addresses the topics that fascinated him as a scientist, philosopher, and humanitarian
Divided by subject matter—“Science,” “Convictions and Beliefs,” “Public Affairs,” etc.—these essays consider everything from the need for a “supranational” governing body to control war in the atomic age, to freedom in research a

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Published (first published 1950)
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Daniel S
"Man owes his strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a socially living animal" [pg.34.]

"Reason, of course, is weak, when measured against its never-ending task. Weak, indeed, compared with the follies and passions of mankind, which, we must admit, almost entirely control our human destinies, in great things and small. Yet the works of the understanding outlast the noisy bustling generations and spread light and warmth across the centuries." [pg.219]

"It is the goal of every
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Jennavier
Feb 09, 2015 Jennavier marked it as didn-t-finish
While the concept of Out Of My Later Years fascinates me, the execution did not. It's not the books fault. This is a collection of letters from the last years of Einstein's life. I realized after starting this that while I know Einstein's name I don't know much about his life. My ignorance made this book confusing since Einstein wasn't writing to the uneducated masses of the future. He was writing to the people of his own time on issues they would be familiar with. I might come back to this book ...more
Robab Newbury
Oct 14, 2015 Robab Newbury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.” —Albert Einstein

Never have I ever read a book that has inspired me to understand more about our world than this one. His views on foreign policy, political and economic conflicts, our moral decay, freedom, and scientific phenomena are unparalleled to any other. He is an example of a man who searched for truth and compassion in everything and rejoiced even in times o
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Jack
Jan 01, 2012 Jack rated it liked it
This one went through patches of being alternately really interesting and rather cumbersome. Its partitioned into several distinct sections, his philosophical portions being of the greatest interest for me personally (especially his thoughts on education). His scientific writings were certainly challenging for me. If your theoretical physics and differential calculus are in good shape then you'll be fine, but I'm a little rusty on the latter and never known enough about the former. And in both o ...more
Rosa Ramôa
Jun 21, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"O milagre da Vida


Pode ser que um dia deixemos de nos falar...
Mas, enquanto houver amizade,
Faremos as pazes de novo.

Pode ser que um dia o tempo passe...
Mas, se a amizade permanecer,
Um de outro se há-de lembrar.

Pode ser que um dia nos afastemos...
Mas, se formos amigos de verdade,
A amizade nos reaproximará.

Pode ser que um dia não mais existamos...
Mas, se ainda sobrar amizade,
Nasceremos de novo, um para o outro.

Pode ser que um dia tudo acabe...
Mas, com a amizade construiremos tudo nova
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Mark Wilkerson
May 02, 2013 Mark Wilkerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not knowing much about Albert Einstein other than a few "E=mc squared" and a few memorable quotes, I took a shot at this book of essays to learn more. And what a treat this read was!

The book is organized well; for example, if you are interested in his views on politics or society, there are sections for that. If you are interested in his views on science, or in finding out about his work in physics or astronomy, there is a section on that also.

This book is a nice way to introduce yourself to th
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Brett
Dec 04, 2009 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fascinating to look into the mind of this iconic genius. After serving a pivotal role in the discoveries which led to the invention of nuclear bombs, and recognizing he could have easily been among the millions of European Jews killed in World War II, he seems to have taken a personal interest in practical plans to end war. His ideas about a supranational government are attractive, though probably overly idealistic. I think it's probably unfortunate that his ideas in this arena never really caug ...more
Coco
Nov 06, 2012 Coco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to write, what brilliant writing! But then, it is a book of essays written by the most well-known genius in history, so I feel like anything aside from "This book was written by Albert Einstein" is just being superfluous with phrases varying on the theme that "Hey, You Should Read This Book Because It Was Written by Dr Albert Einstein"
Marshall
Jan 26, 2017 Marshall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of Einstein's writings and speeches on various topics, such as science, education, politics, Judaism, and kudos to other scientists. The real take-away I got from this book is that just because someone is a scientific genius does not mean they are a political genius.

Einstein was a rabid advocate of a world government, and a supporter of socialism. At first, I figured his misguided views were reasonable given the alarmism at the time about nuclear warfare, and his role in the
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Ron
Jan 08, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Out of My Later Years a little over a year ago. I’ve been reading it off and on ever since.

This collection is divided into six sections: Convictions and Beliefs, in which Einstein shares his thoughts on religion, ethics, education, and liberty; Science, in which he explains the state of physics in the mid-Twentieth Century, including a great layman’s explanation of his Theories of Relativity; Public Affairs, in which he explores issues as diverse as race, class inequity, the ro
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Emad Attili
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طبعاً، يصعُبُ الحديث عِندما يكُونُ عن شخصيَّة عظيمة مِثل العالِم والفيلسوف الكبير ألبرت آينشتاين.
في هذا الكتاب تجَلَّى الجانِب الفلسفِي من آينشتاين، وهُوَ جانبٌ رائعٌ جداً وقد يخفى أيضاً على بعض المُعجّبين بآينشتاين العالِم صاحِب النسبيَّتَين.

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الكتاب بشكل عامّ جميل جدا، ولا يُمَلّ.

وكي أكونَ صادِقاً، فقد ظللت مستمتعاً بالكتاب حتَّى آخر فصل. وعندما انتهيت من قراءة الفصل الأخير أصابتني صدمة عاطفية كبيرة! ونويت أن أعطي الكتاب نجمتين!! ولكن العقل المنطقي سيطر عليّ وأنا أكتب هذه المراجَعة وجَعَلني أغير
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Mike
Aug 14, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
I have read other books by Albert Einstein but in this particular book he reveals an intimate side of himself not found in other selections. He was aware of him impending death and wanted to share his thoughts and ideas on a multitude of subjects with anyone who cared to listen. This is an intimate look at a man through his work.

I was amazed at his viewpoints on the educational system and urge every parent and educator, that if you read nothing else in your life, READ THIS SECTION! It will chan
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Rosy
A little disappointing--although I'll admit that when I first picked this up I was expecting a memoir, so I had that wrong. And just as I turn the last page I find in the "acknowledgments" what was direly needed throughout the book--the date and purpose of each essay. That was my biggest criticism. Aside from that I have little to say. The science was beyond me but is a small portion of the book. Einstein's political, social and spiritual expressions seemed to me idealistic to the point of naive ...more
Danmcgohan
Oct 20, 2013 Danmcgohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Albert Einstein's essays on science, economics, society, people of great influence, and the Jewish people. Would have given the book five stars except for the essays on science, where my lack of knowledge caused by eyes to glaze over. The remaining essays are very enlightening, showing the great scope of Einstein's intellect. I found some of his social and economic essays utopian with his disregard to man's historical characteristics. Most of these essays were written from the late 30's to ...more
Mike
Oct 11, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Good series of essays that gave some insight into his thinking. I had to skip the ones that went into detail about physics as these were boring and heavy for a non-math person. His philosophical essays were of much greater interest to me. It would have been nice if the editors had dated the essays in addition to the bibliography in the back. Since he was discussing his ideas/beliefs in light of events going on at the time, having the date would have put his comments in context.
Virgilio Pigliucci
I suggest this book for the super Einstein fans out there. The rest.... I am not sure this book is right for you.
I kept looking for something special that did not come.... I might have just had way too high expectations for this reading.

The book, which is mostly a collection of Einstein writings ( including a lot of english errors ) is a good insight on his genius mind, nothing more.
Robert Seaman
Feb 07, 2014 Robert Seaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thoughtful, most brilliant and gentle man. This work is not clear evidence of his grand mind,but also of his empathy for all men and his simply stated way of obtaining truly democratic goals. This is a treasure trove of Einstein's most important and intimate work. A renaissance man, if ever there was!
Marie Dafgard
I'm not a fan of reading philosophy books, of which this one is. However, it is because of Einstein that I purchased this book. His writings are up there and take an active mind to make sense, but they are worth reading. I feel as though it was easier reading just a chapter or two a day than barreling through, as it's easy to get overwhelmed by this book.
Kung Tsu
May 06, 2009 Kung Tsu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked his personal pieces over his scientific chapters. His level of interpretations to grasp reality and other dimensions beyond us puny humans is interesting. Overall, a good read. I am not sure i would read it again but i could review his political perspective again. A 1950s book. The guy is a genius.
Xiaojuan Wang
Jul 15, 2015 Xiaojuan Wang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solute to the one of the greatest scientists in the world! I was overwhelmed by the strong logic underlying every essay. Not only the inspiring ideas on science, education religion,etc., but also the writing style are worth studying!!!
Steven Harbeck
Oct 24, 2012 Steven Harbeck rated it liked it
Good book but a bit over my head on some things. He was brilliant and some of his thoughts and calculations without context and examples do not make sense to me. Very interesting ideas on almost every subject we face as a society.
Erin
Jan 02, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Fascinating collection of speeches and essays from Einstein on a wide variety of social and moral issues. Really enjoyed his essays on education, in particular.
Dipesh
Sep 03, 2015 Dipesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift, and one must take what nature gives as one finds it.
Just Me
Jan 22, 2011 Just Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. What an inspiring man! I did skip a few of the chapters on science because they were not of interest to me.
Sarah
Dec 31, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few people I wish we're still alive, so I could meet them. Such a brilliant and interesting man.
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming ...more
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